Weekend Links- Swedish Christmas Booklists and More!

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It’s time for Weekend Links!

Weekend Links

On any given day, you may hear as many as six different languages spoken in my home.
My life and household have been diverse and multicultural for as long as I can remember. As the daughter of parents who emigrated from Sweden, I have been immersed in Nordic culture since childhood. As a child, I attended German/English schools and as an adult, I continued learning even more languages for a grand total of six (English, Swedish, French, Arabic, German, Japanese, plus working knowledge in a few others.) So you can imagine, a Swedish Christmas has always been a part of my life from childhood to adulthood.

So as usual, my week has been filled with the discovery of wonderful booklists, activities, and ideas from amazing blogger, authors and moms. Here are some of my favs:

Want to load up on your Holiday reading list? Check out this great Holiday booklist from Library Adventure

Christmas booklist


Christmas books

G is for Gingerbread Man -Sue from Sock Fairies has an absolutely delightful book review, craft and gingerbread baking activity project for kids! Love this!

Swedish Christmas Booklists and a fun gingerbread man activity

Do We Do all Day has a Swedish Christmas and Holiday Picture Book list that is near and dear to my heart!

Swedish Christmas books

I had to smile and giggle when my Head Elf (assistant and project manager) told me she had never even heard of a Tomte until she met me! Is there really is such a thing as a Winter Tomte? Yes! This time of year especially we have many eager children waiting for the Jul Tomte to come on Christmas Eve bring sack full of presents, chocolate and good fun.

The Tomte in Sweden and Nisse in Norway and Denmark is a Scandinavian myth. Tomtes are small, bearded men who wear red colored caps and are rarely, if ever seen by humans. Since we are talking about Winter Tomte I have to also share that you’ll only see the menfolk as the women and children are home making merry and getting ready for the great celebrations ahead.

Sharing this family tradition, along with a robust booklist, made my An Exceptionally Magical Winter Tomte Booklist! even more special.

Swedish Christmas Booklists

Speaking of Swedish Christmas, it’s something near-and-dear to my heart because my parents were from Sweden. Every December 13th, we continue a long family tradition of celebrating St. Lucia. In the darkest hours of the morning a young girl with a wreath of candles on her head brings hope, warmth and light to the darkest, coldest time of the year. I have taken all of our favorite recipes, activities and books that celebrate this event, along with the history of Santa Lucia as well, and created a very special color pdf for the holiday season.

The Celebrating a Santa Lucia Christmas pdf guide is my gift to you and simply click the image below to enjoy these fun family-friendly activities. Click this link or click the image below to grab your copy and create some new traditions in your own family! Thank you!

Celebrating a Santa Lucia Christmas

JIAB Recap Of the Week!

It always delights me that, despite the fact this post was written quite some time ago, it’s still one of my most viewed post. Have you seen/read this one? What do think it is that makes this post so popular?

Grandfather Tang’s Story: Storytelling with Tangrams

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